Government launched their Road to Zero Strategy in July 2018, which outlines how the government will support the transition to zero emission road transport and reduce emissions from conventional vehicles during the transition. The strategy is long term in scope and ambition, considering the drivers of change, opportunities and risks out to 2050 and beyond. Its focus, however, is on what the UK will do now to lay the foundations for the transition.
The strategy includes 46 policies to reduce emissions from road vehicles, incentivise the uptake of cleaner vehicles and to invest in the development of supportive refuelling infrastructure.
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The strategy also launched a voluntary industry commitment of a 15% reduction in tailpipe greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from HGVs by 2025, compared to 2015 levels. Read more on how the scheme can help operators demonstrate their progress with the target.
With guidance from FTA, the Road to Zero includes additional supportive policies, targeted at helping industry achieve the commitment. The list of policies include the continued development of weight and dimension reforms to deliver GHG savings, without compromising safety, and continued road infrastructure improvements to reduce congestion. The DfT have also committed to publicly adopting a definition of an Ultra-Low Emission Truck for the purposes of grant schemes, as well as for use as guidance to manufacturers and purchasers of trucks.